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CONDON, Eddie.

We called it Music.

A Generation of Jazz. Narration by Thomas Sugrue.

Published: New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1947

Stock code: 88119

Price: £750

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First edition, first impression. Freewheeling autobiography of the Chicago School guitarist, banjo-player, pianist, band-leader and raconteur, this copy inscribed over the “signature” Satcho in typically dry fashion by Condon to Louisiana trombone legend Kid Ory on the front free endpaper; “Dear Ory. This copy is somewhat battered from being dragged about the country in a flannel banjo case, kicked under tables of basement dives, and spotted with licorice gin cigarette burns. (You know how rowdy the crowds in Zibart’s [legendary Nashville book and music store] are, especially when it comes to their last copy.) See you at Eddie’s, Your’n Satcho”. The mention of Condon’s own club is a nice touch. Eddie would sign and inscribe, but this is a particularly wonderful association.

Octavo. Original cream linen, title in violet to the spine, with the dust jacket. 8 plates. Spine bumped head and tail, light toning, else very good in shattered jacket, splits at the spine, old tape repair to the verso of the upper panel with consequent staining to recto.

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